Killing myths isn’t easy: Francophones’ perceptions of anglos haven’t kept up with the times

The Montreal Gazette, Henry Aubin

A reminder this week that Quebec francophones make more money than anglophones ought to help lay to rest the politically charged notion that anglos represent some kind of privileged über-class. But don’t count on it. Too often, stereotypes involving the nature of a linguistic group (or ethnic or religious group for that matter) are impervious to contradictory evidence.

The source in this case is unimpeachable: the 2006 census. It shows that the median income of Quebec francophones of working age is seven per cent higher than that of anglophones. Seven per cent is a decisive difference, and it represents a dramatic reversal from the early 1970s when anglos were on top by a large margin. Read more…